As part of Sydney Catholic Schools, we employ highly qualified and competent teachers who are accredited by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA). To continuously improve our practice, teachers also work towards the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, from proficient teacher to lead teacher level.
The delivery of quality curriculum, pedagogy (teaching methods) and assessment is ensured by our system of schools through the provision of contemporary NESA accredited professional learning in a range of modes. Our Centres of Excellence offer online learning and external face-to-face courses, and timely, collaborative and relevant in-situ learning take place within the context of each classroom. Sydney Catholic Schools’ teachers are strongly committed to their ongoing learning, with many having completed, or are currently undertaking, postgraduate studies in areas related to curriculum, student wellbeing, special education, theology, pastoral care and leadership.
Staff at St Columba’s Catholic Primary School Leichhardt North participate in professional learning experiences offered by the school, Sydney Catholic Schools and other professional learning providers. Each staff member works with a mentor to develop a personalised professional learning plan. They meet regularly throughout the year to discuss learnings and observe practice.
Staff also participate in weekly professional learning meetings that are specifically designed to support the implementation of the school’s annual improvement plan.